Love and Other Thought Experiments: Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2020

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Love and Other Thought Experiments: Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2020

Love and Other Thought Experiments: Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2020

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The concluding chapter also makes reference to Borges' 'Pierre Menard, Author of The Quixote', which I ALSO had not read, but since it's very short, dispatched quickly after reading this, which gave me an added level of insight. What follows is a uniquely imaginitive sequence of interlinked stories ranging across time, place and perspective to form a sparkling philosophical tale of love, lost and found across the universe.

With cover blurbs by industry giants, expensive pre-publication media blitzes, and Book Club promotions by OprahReeseSarahJessica, many second-rate novels skirt critical assessment on their way to orchestrated popular acclaim. Plus I already know that there are parts of this book that I am going to think about over and over again. Por la noche, Rachel se despierta con un dolor en el ojo y está convencida de que una hormiga ha entrado en su interior usando ese órgano, algo que cuenta con toda la incredulidad por parte de su mujer Eliza.This is not to say that the story is not clever and well written, it is just done in a way that the end of the book makes the reader have to work too hard to join the dots (and it is Sci-Fi). YA’s tendency toward coming-of-age narratives can work really well for stories of self-discovery, but there are absolutely limits to that, and very little adult reflection at all.

Each chapter starts off with a thought experiment or philosophical tidbit, and I presume the chapter is supposed to reflect it in some way. Rachel, Eliza, Arthur, Greg, Hal, Ali and Zeus are all weaving their ways through a web constructed from repetitions and impossibilities, and it is only through understanding this web that do we, as readers, recognize the new and visionary in the timeline of the story.We have multiple times, but also multiple timelines, multiple realities, even multiple versions of the “same” person.

There will be readers who complain about the complexity of this (although the wording will be more like "I don't understand what's going on" or "The characters are not likeable and I couldn't connect with them"), but readers who came for the postmodern extravaganza will rejoice: This is wild, daring, ambitious writing. The second chapter introduces Ali, a Turkish Cypriot boy, and concerns an incident in which he risks death by swimming out to sea to rescue a friend's football.Without revealing anything further, it needs to be mentioned is that this is far from a conventional story.

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